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Take this - by James Archer



Drama on the theme of forgiveness based on the Last Supper.  Please note that it is not actually biblical that Judas was at this stage of the meal, and this should be explained if the theme is followed up afterwards.  It is intended to be a shock that forgiveness is available even to Judas if he will accept it.


The words are spoken by a narrator except as stated.  Jesus stands centre stage stock still except as stated.  Judas is seated in the audience.



One evening, Jesus was having dinner with friends.  A woman named Mary took a jar of costly perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped them with her hair.  But Judas Iscariot, one of the disciples, objected:  “That perfume was worth a fortune,” he said.  “It should have been sold, and the money given to the poor.”  Not that he cared for the poor, but, as keeper of the money bag, he often dipped into it for his own use.  Jesus replied, “Let her alone!  She did it in preparation for my burial.”

Then Judas went to the chief priests and asked, “How much will you pay me to betray Jesus to you?”  And they gave him thirty pieces of silver.  From that time on, Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.


On the evening of the Passover, Jesus sat eating with the Twelve.  He said to them, “I tell you the truth, one of you is going to betray me.”  Puzzled and distressed, each one asked, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?”  Even Judas said, “Teacher, surely you don’t mean me?”  And Jesus replied, “Yes, Judas, I do.”


Jesus then took bread (acted) and, after he had given thanks, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.”  And he took the cup (acted), gave thanks, and offered it to them, saying, “Drink this, all of you; this is my blood, which is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.”


(Jesus takes the cup down to Judas, and speaks the final line himself)


“Judas, this is my blood, which I shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.”


(As Jesus returns the cup to the table, and then exit, singers start to sing Broken for Me quietly)


Broken for me, broken for you,

The body of Jesus, broken for you.

He offered his body, he laid down his soul,

A perfect atonement so we could be whole.

Broken for me, broken for you,

The body of Jesus, broken for you.

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